Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval


Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme that showcases upcoming book releases that readers are eagerly awaiting.


Stephanie Garber

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

Extent: 416 pages

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Why Am I Waiting?

Circus stories are pretty hot this year. I want to find a new fantasy world I haven’t read yet. And I haven’t went to many carnivals in real life, so this world will definitely be a new adventure for me, and I want to be enthralled by the pomp and the magic that swirls under the red-and-white tent.

I’m also looking for another great story that centres around sisters who protect each other. I wonder how these sister will survive their abusive father. I’m interested on how that family dynamic will play out.

I’m ready to be enchanted by and to head to the carnival!

4 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval

  1. I’ve actually never been to a carnival, so I’m excited to see what they’re all about in this one (you know…minus the real magic). The Night Circus is the only circus/carnival type of book I’ve read and I loved it, so here’s hoping Caraval is a winner too! 😄

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